Carnival Breeze Cabin Photos
Carnival takes a proletariat approach to cabins, which are designed to be exceedingly functional without distracting passengers from the rest of the ship. There are no 1,000-plus-square-foot suites boasting baby grand pianos and verandah hot tubs on Breeze. The vast majority are 185- to 220-square-foot insides (719), oceanviews (221) and balconies (851, verandahs from 35 to 75 square feet), with just the right touches to make the stay comfortable. The big change for Breeze is the design. Carnival's long-time burnt orange, rust and pink scheme has given way to a toned-down mix of white and brown, accented by blue carpeting and pillows, and a splashy green abstract something-or-other on the wall.
Standard insides, oceanviews and balconies each feature two (large) twins that form a king (watch out for the category 1A insides -- those have bunks) and decent storage options, including couches with inset drawers, bedside tables with shelves, and a three-closeted bureau. Two of those three closets have nifty fold-down-fold-up shelves, which can be folded down or up to accommodate your wardrobe on the provided hangers. There are two 120v U.S.-style outlets and one Euro-style 230v outlet atop a small vanity, under which an ottoman-style seat can be pulled out or pushed in. Note that the cabins use a key card-activated electricity system.
Flat-screen interactive TV's -- check your bill, order room service, watch CNN or cartoons -- swivel so you can view them from the couch or bed. Hidden behind the TV are two more three-pronged, U.S.-style outlets. (Bulky cell phone plugs may only fit there.) Other in-cabin amenities include mini-fridges (which the room steward will empty upon request), safes, robes, chintzy phones and even chintzier hair dryers (hidden away in a drawer by the vanity in each cabin).
Bathrooms are functional with an oddly placed outlet for razors (look up), a toilet that sounds like it propels the contents into outer space, and a magnifying mirror. Showers feature massaging heads and those curtains with a reputation for inappropriate attachment to your legs -- strategically placed magnets, however, seem to keep the creeper in its place. There are dispensers with generic shower gel and shampoo.
Carnival's famous free basket of toiletries is always a welcome sight. Products vary, but I got a couple cough drops, mini-bottles of shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste, and sample packs of nasal strips.
Balconies each feature a pair of metal-and-plastic mesh chairs and a small acrylic-topped table. Some balcony cabins, including those situated around the stern, feature extended 60-square-foot alfresco deck spaces. Category 9C, which encompasses the so-called Vistas, has wraparound (wake and port- or starboard-facing) 75-square-foot verandahs.
Since cabins are so similar amenity-wise, location and other details -- for example, if your cabin is connected to another -- are important considerations. For instance, passengers who don't want to hear the intimate conversations of their neighbors should avoid said connectors. (Check deck plans to see where they're located.)
First-in-class Carnival Dream debuted the "cove balcony" concept, which was naturally a part of Magic and now Breeze. These Deck 2 185-square-foot accommodations are interestingly intimate -- they're shielded from potential overlookers by lifeboats. The proximity to the waterline also makes for a one-of-a-kind view from the 45-square-foot, semi-enclosed balconies.
For families of five, 230-square-foot "quint" cabins each comprise two twins (if you're sleeping fewer than five, these can be combined to form a queen, unless mom and dad are a couple from a 50's sitcom), two bunks that hang from the wall and a sofa bed. (Note: If sleeping five, the twins will be left separated, with a ladder up to one of the bunks inserted in the space between the beds.) The cabins also feature two bathrooms -- one with a sink, toilet and shower, and the other with a tub-shower combo and sink. All quints feature picture windows; none have balconies.
For passengers looking for a touch more space, 275-square-foot suites may be worth the splurge. (A 275-square-foot Ocean Suite features a 65-square-foot balcony.) These add larger sitting areas and bathrooms with tubs. Even larger are the 345-square-foot Grand Suites, which have 85-square-foot balconies. These have more seating, full bathrooms with shower-whirlpool tub combos, bidets and double sinks.
The ship's largest suite, a 450-square-foot modified Ocean Suite (7270), has a 110-square-foot balcony. The extra space is due to the suite being an accessible cabin.
Passengers staying in suites don't get much in the way of extra perks, but they do get V.I.P. check-in.
Breeze's Cloud 9 Spa cabins are clustered around the ship's two-deck spa of the same name (located on Decks 12 and 14). The accommodations, which come in a few versions -- 185-square-foot oceanviews and balconies (with 35-square-foot verandahs), 275-square-foot suites (65-square-foot verandahs) -- are laid out exactly the same as other comparable non-spa cabins. The difference comes by way of design tweaks (green accents) and proximity to the spa. Passengers in Cloud 9 accommodations also get special toiletries, fee waivers for a trio of fitness classes, and access to the spa's thermal suite, which features various tiled rooms with steam and dry heat.